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DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION

ANDHRA PRADESH
Name of the staff : D.Simhachalam
Designation : Lecturer
Branch : A.E.I.E
Institute : K.D.R.G.P.T, Wanaparthy
Semester : III
Subject : Process Instrumentation-I
Subject code : AEI-305
Topic : Conductivity Measurement
Duration : 100 minutes

subtopic : Conductivity cell


Teaching Aids : PPT, Animations, Diagrams
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Objectives

Upon completion of this topic, you would be


able to know about

• Conductivity cell

• Description

• Construction

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Recap

In the previous period we have studied about :

• Definition of conductivity.

• Necessity of Conductivity measurement.

• Necessity of Conductivity Cell.

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Description of Conductivity Cells

• The solution whose conductivity is to be measured is


taken in a cell called conductivity cell

• Conductivity cells are different for different purposes.

• However, the fundamental requirement for a pair of


electrodes are same.

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Fig 1
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Description of Conductivity Cells

• Electrodes are firmly located in a constant geometry with


respect to one another.

• Three types of cells which are generally used are shown.

Type – A, Type – B, Type - C

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Description of Conductivity Cells
wire

Electrode

Ebonite
cover

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Description of Conductivity Cells

wire
Type A cell consists of

• Smaller electrodes separated by larger


Electrode
distance.

Ebonite
• Useful for measurement of high cover

conductance accurately.

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Description of Conductivity Cells

Type B cell is

• A simple dipping cell.

• Used in conductometric titrations.

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Description of Conductivity Cells

Type C cell consists of

• Larger electrodes separated by smaller


distance.

• Useful for measurement of low


conductance accurately.

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Construction of Conductivity Cell

• The cells are usually made of Pyrex glass or quartz.

• These are fitted with platinum electrodes.

• Electrodes are platinum plates coated with finely divided


platinum.

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Construction of Conductivity Cell

• This coating reduces the polarization effect.

• These are welded to platinum wires.

• Which are sealed through two glass tubes.

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Construction of Conductivity Cell

• These tubes are firmly fixed in an ebonite cover.

• Hence, distance between electrodes are not altered


during experiment.

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Summary

In this period, you have learnt about :

• Description of the conductivity cell

• Construction of the conductivity cell

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Quiz

1. Why platinisation of electrodes is done?

b) To maintain distance between electrodes

c) To reduce polarisation effect

d) Both a & b

e) None of the above

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Quiz

2. Type A cell consists of

b) Smaller electrodes separated by larger distance


c) Larger electrodes separated by smaller distance
d) Smaller electrodes separated by smaller distance
e) Larger electrodes separated by larger distance

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Quiz
3. Type C cell consists of

a) Smaller electrodes separated by larger distance

b) Larger electrodes separated by smaller distance

c) Smaller electrodes separated by smaller distance

d) Larger electrodes separated by larger distance

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Quiz

4. The cells are made up of

a) Pyrex glass
b) Quartz
c) Stain less steel
d) Both (a) & (b)

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Frequently asked questions

2. Describe the conductivity cell?

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